Virtual Super Late Models to grace virtual Southern National Motorsports Park on Thanksgiving weekend
(Virtual) LUCAMA, N.C. – In conjunction with the folks at Southern National Motorsports Park, the Windshield Deep trio of Landon Huffman, Dylon Wilson, and RJ Williams will host the first virtual Thanksgiving Classic on the iRacing.com platform on November 28th and 29th.
The real life edition of the Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park has clout among the Super Late Model and regional short track racing world, dating back to it’s first known race in 1998. Previous winners of the event include former NASCAR driver Scott Riggs (1999), Three-time Daytona 500 winner, Denny Hamlin (2003 & 2007), and NASCAR Crew Chief for Chip Ganassi Racing, Matt McCall (2017 & 2018).
“We have been trying to plan an event of this nature for some time,” Huffman told The Racing Experts. “With the (real) Thanksgiving Classic getting cancelled, it worked out to make this happen. I am excited to watch the best on iRacing’s short tracks go at it, and I am confident the show will be nothing short of kick-ass.”
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The virtual edition of the race has a ton of support besides the track already, early on in it’s signup process. Dexter’s Detailing is signed on as the title sponsor for the event, with presentation of the race from Dave’s Truck Parts. Drigger’s Small Engines, Inc., McCallister Precision Marketing, Lee Faulk Racing and Development, and the Windshield Deep Racing League and Podcast are all signed on as well, contributing towards the overall purse of over $1,300, paying out through the Top 10 finishers in the main event.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 will be the first year that the race will not take place since 2011, when SNMP was closed before reopening in 2012 after a successful purchase of the facility by Michael Diaz and Jerry Brown.
“Mike Diaz at Southern National has been great, and having the track involved makes this deal that much better,” Huffman said. “I’m looking forward to seeing it all come together.”
The whole virtual Thanksgiving Classic event will be a two day process, with qualifying, heats, and a last chance qualifier, all taking place on Saturday, November 28th, with practice opening at 6:00 pm ET. The main event is 150 laps, and 30 drivers will make the show from the previous day’s events. It will kick off at 12:00 pm ET on Sunday, November 29th.
Of the $1,300 purse, at least $575 will go to the winner. The Top 10 will payout down to $25 back to drivers placing fifth through tenth. The entry fee is $25, and signups close on November 27th, at midnight. There will be prizes awarded for winning the pole position ($100), leading at halfway ($50), and having the best virtual paint scheme ($25). There may be other prizes added as signups continue.
The broadcast team will include Jacob Seelman and Blake McCandless in the virtual booth, with Shawn Butler reporting from the virtual pit road. All three have years of experience in sim racing broadcasting. The outlet in which the race will be broadcasted on is still to be determined.
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